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Plan ahead with advance directives

You have the right to make decisions about the health care you get now and in the future. An advance directive is a written statement you prepare that expresses how you want medical decisions made in the future should you not be able to make them for yourself. You do not need a lawyer to complete advance directives.

Advance directives and DNR orders include:
  • Health Care Power of Attorney (Naming a trusted relative or friend to communicate for you)
  • POLST/DNR Order (This order reflects the wishes of someone who is seriously ill or with a life-limiting illness. It states that cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) will not be attempted if the heart or breathing stops.)
  • Health Care Surrogate (If you do not have a Health Care Power of Attorney, a "surrogate" or decision maker will be chosen for you under Illinois Law. )

Organ Donation

Organ and tissue donation offers patients a new chance at healthy, productive and normal lives and return them to their families, friends and communities. You have the power to change someone’s world by being an organ and tissue donor. (Illinois Coalition on Donation) (Illinois Secretary of State)